Sunday, July 28, 2013

Europe - Nice, France and a little Monaco

The first thing I heard when we arrived in Nice was "It's so nice in Nice!" I underestimated how nice it would be, and wish I could have planned our trip to be longer than three nights in this coastal part of France. Even though I have visited Nice before, I never saw so many things I saw this time around. I am proud to say, I stayed in the coolest part of town, the Vieille Ville (old city), and with all the character wrapped up in this area, it was the best choice!

I was recommended to hike up and see the Colline du Chateau, which had beautiful views of all of Nice, but it was bloody hot and so I didn't get to see everything it had to offer, and all I wanted to do was jump in the ocean below me. Thank god the walk down was pretty easy and led right to the beautiful blue water! I would highly recommend doing this hike and maybe exploring a little more than we did.

A 20 min train ride away is Monaco - one of the smallest and richest countries in the world. You can expect to see really expensive cars, big spenders and the famous casino, the Monte Carlo. A bigger hit for the Aussie Man, Adam, was the fact that Monaco hosts the Formula 1 Grand Prix, and so I was forced into doing and entire lap of the track. Great fun!
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Friday, July 26, 2013

Europe - Bordeaux and Biarritz, France

Welcome to Bordeaux, one of the wine capitals of the world! This city has got it all, an old part of town with castle like arches to welcome you, rivers that stretch where you can bike along them for hours, a shopping district, and the most quaint city square which borders the St. Michel Basilica opening up to restaurants and hosting concerts at night. Formidable!

This was the view from my accommodation! Seriously! 

After Bordeaux, I really wanted some old fashion French in my life, the kind where you're completely removed from the hustle and bustle of big cities, and find yourself into more of the culture, drinking wine with a French family. And that's what we did. We drank wine with a fantastic French family. We ate baguettes. I put my French to use. Adam listened and tried to understand. We ate smelly cheese and popped more bottles. Yes, I am talking about Biarritz, France. Close to the Spanish border, and not your typical touristy destination...unless of course you are a surfer.

Here's Biarritz, France. A delicious slide of French heaven. And I want to go back. Now.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

London - England

Coming to London was a nice little getaway! We stayed with my brother Mark and his whole team of Cirque du Soleil members, in probably one of the nicest locations of town and this time around, I was able to see more of what I hadn't seen before. I love the whole atmosphere of London. There was a great buzz in the air as the whole country waited for the arrival of the new Royal Baby ( I am somehow sure that should be capitalized). Literally, people and press - everywhere! But to me, what makes this place so great is the fashion and the pubs! Yorkshire pudding, fish and chips, mushy peas, beer on tap (of course) and the ease of buying delicious combo meals from even the supermarket made London a winner winner!

Here's my top ten:

1. Piccadilly Circus - located in London's West End, this place is the shopping section of the world! Just fell in love with the beautiful architecture and busyness of this place! 
2. Waterloo Station - I really enjoyed this area and wish I spent more time here. Along the Thames River with lots of restaurants and a cool young feel. 
3. Buckingham Palace - I love it for more of the surrounding park, but also loved seeing the English guards in their attire. 
4. Knotting Hill - here I was really hoping to step into the movie, and I felt like I did! A total quaint section of town with pastel buildings and unique antique shops. A one of a kind place!
5. Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament
6. The London Eye - this is now the second time I regret not actually going on the big ferris wheel, but it's quite the site alone!
7. Abbey Road - take your best Beatles shot here. 
8. Trying typical English Food - probably THE best fish and chips I ever did have!
9. Tower of London and London bridge, formally known as "Tower Bridge"
10. Hitting the town for some English pubs!
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